George trains with City U-21’s

EVEN though George O’Callaghan resumed training with Cork City’s U21 team last night, it’s not yet clear if the move represents any significant thawing of his relationship with the senior team and management.

It’s understood that O’Callaghan has had no further contact with Damien Richardson since his falling-out with the City boss. Richardson commented in this paper last Friday that the door was not closed to a return for O’Callaghan but he was on the transfer list at his own request.

With the domestic transfer window closed and no offers from overseas on the table, O’Callaghan would appear to be in a state of limbo at Turner’s Cross.

His agent, former Irish international Mickey Walsh, was yesterday quoted as saying: “It’s a waiting game. Any club that comes in for George has to agree a fee with Cork City, so that will be the first hurdle. We can only discuss personal terms after that. Things have gone a bit quiet in terms of interest but I am confident that George will find a club. I have good contacts across Europe.”

Meanwhile, former Cork City player Gareth Cronin has been named as the new manager of Waterford United. Cronin, had been assistant to Dermot Keely at Dublin City prior to the club’s collapse last month.

The 31-year-old Cork man had a distinguished career as a player with over 400 appearances for Cork City over two spells, during which he won an FAI Cup medal in 1998. He also made 50 appearances for Shamrock Rovers. Cronin was capped for Ireland at every level except senior. His playing career was curtailed by a knee injury in 2003.

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